Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Post #207

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Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

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~NO NEW BOOKS~

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

THURSDAY:

Oh my goodness, I'm sooooo thankful to be able to share that I'm finally feeling better! The issues I was having started after Christmas, so nearly two full months later we are starting to get answers and treatment that is helping. The last two days I've felt super good, had tons of energy and so I've been cooking a ton, prepping meals for next week and getting on top of house chores. My reading slowed way down the last couple of weeks so I'm hoping I'll be in the mood to pick up the pace and knock some books out. Thanks so much for those who had kind comments when I was feeling bad.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

*ARC* All In - Review

All In (Full Tilt #2)

By: Emma Scott

Published: October 11, 2016 by Trillian

280 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Reeling from her loss, Kacey Dawson is grieving and heartbroken, her addictive demons hauling her back into the alcohol-soaked abyss she worked so hard to crawl out of. Kacey teeters on the edge of oblivion, and must fight her way through the pain, to build a new life for herself with her music, and somehow fulfill the promise she made to Jonah…one she feels is impossible to keep.

Theo Fletcher has a secret burning in his heart, one that he holds close, while he struggles to keep strong for his family that is falling apart. His mother’s health is fragile and his father’s disapproval is breaking him down. Theo is afraid if he follows his heart, he’ll fail, and not just himself, but his brother who believed in him when no one else did.

Drawn together by their pain, Theo and Kacey slowly build a friendship, re-forge old ties, help each other to heal, and give one another the courage to reach for their dreams. Together, from the depths of grief and guilt, they learn to laugh again, to trust again, and quite possibly find something beautiful and lasting amid the shattered pieces of their broken hearts.

Part II of the two-part Full Tilt duet
PLEASE NOTE, this novel is NOT a standalone. It is highly recommended one read Full Tilt first to get the entire arc of the story and to avoid spoilers.
MY REVIEW:
Turns out my prediction from book one (check that out here (spoiler free) was correct. Again though, I didn't view this as predictable, so much as what made sense for the characters given their situation. Frankly, I was cheering for it and pleased with the outcome.

After the tremendous loss from book one, Kacey can't handle being surrounded by constant reminders of Jonah everywhere in Las Vegas. So she moves to New Orleans. Her grief demons follow her and she leans back on alcohol to numb her pain.

Theo, the brother who is the silent pillar of stone in his family and for his few friends, is there for her and helps her climb out of the dark hole she's fallen back in to. Theo is hurting too though, and eventually he has to start putting himself and his wants and desires first, instead of always putting what everyone else thinks is best ahead.

For much of the story Theo and Kacey remain as friends, living thousands of miles apart and only talking on the phone. They see each other a few times, but never crossing the friendship line. Well over half way through the book, they begin to realize there's more than just friendship between them. Denying it due to guilt first, they don't pursue any feelings. But oh man, when they do?! The story gets goooooood.

I highly enjoyed this series! Book two didn't quite hold the same emotion for me as book one did, but it didn't disappoint either. The ending was perfect for me. Fans of NA contemporary romance will definitely enjoy this love story!

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
You can prepare all you want for someday. Nothing prepares you for the day of.

"Real men take care of the women in their lives as a matter of course. Not because they want something in return."

Tell me what you want, I thought, glancing at her from the corner of my eye. Because I want everything.

Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And no limits.

"If Jonah was the glue that held us together, you're the rock we set out backs to."

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Post #206

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Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

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~PURCHASED/FREEBIES~
Buy Link: Amazon

~FOR REVIEW~
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

THURSDAY:

This week.....oh this week has not been the best. I'm having some health issues we are trying to figure out. My GP is playing guinea pig with me instead of giving me a referral that I asked for. I'm on day 10 of a medicine that he is having me take for 12 days. And I can't be off of this stuff fast enough! It's affecting my mood swings and irritability in a BIG way! Did I mention hunger? HUNGRY ALL THE TIME!!! And it hasn't helped the issue for which I'm seeking help. UGH!!! Due to all of this, my attention span has struggled this week and I'm extremely tired come 8:00 every night. So my reading has slowed down. I feel like I've been on a painful roller coaster ride this week for sure. 

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

*ARC* By Your Side - Review

By Your Side

By: Kasie West

Published: February 14, 2017 by HarperTeen

352 pages

Source: Edelweiss ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?
MY REVIEW:
Sweet and cute. Those were the two words that came to my mind when I finished reading this. That coupled with a smile on my face. My snl had recommended I read this for a fast read, a much needed change of pace after finishing a rather long book. She was right! It was just what I needed and I finished it in less than two days.

The first part of the story is about how Kasie gets stuck in a library at closing and her friends mistakenly think she's in one of their cars heading to a cabin in the mountains for the weekend. With snow falling and a three day long weekend over a holiday, Kasie finds herself locked in with a boy she barely knows from her high school. A boy with not so positive rumors surrounding his mysterious, brooding and quiet facade. It's amazing what being locked in, cold with very little food and only local channels on a small TV can do for two people who barely know each other.

The second part of the story continues with Kasie and Dax becoming unlikely friends and learning more about one another and the battles they go through.

This is a perfect read for high school fans of YA contemporary romance. It's clean in both language and content.

Favorite Quotes:
"Television is a distraction. Dax is a hostile takeover."

"Unlike you, I don't follow rules."

Language Rating: 0 (none)
Mature Content Rating: 0 (none)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Thousand Boy Kisses - Review

A Thousand Boy Kisses

By: Tille Cole

Published: March 13, 2016 by Tillie Cole Ltd.

353 pages

Source: Borrowed from a fellow CoHort, RichelleR

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come. 

Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance. 
For ages 14 and up.
MY REVIEW:
During a Fan Friday giveaway on the CoHorts FB group I was loaned this book (thanks to RichelleR). Not knowing much going in to it, other than TONS of fellow CoHorts talking about it and requesting it often, I knew this was one I needed to read. And man, it rivaled my emotions over The Fault in Our Stars!! Oh the tears!!! It ripped my heart out but yet left me with such a smile at the end.

This book has ALL the feels! It had me swooning, gushing, smiling, excited, fearful, hopeful, emotionally drained, and lots of tears! Even though by 3% in I was already teary eyed, and I was misty eyed through much of the book and full blown crying by the end, I'm so happy to have read this story. This love story was precious. It was innocent as it starts out with a promise between two 5 year old friends, Rune from Norway and Poppy from Georgia, to be "best friends forever and always". Childhood friends that grow into a deep love is a book theme weakness of mine. It gets me every single time. It's probably one of my top favorite romance themes in books.

I was highlighting whole sections at a time. Forget just short quotes! I'm not even sure how I'll narrow it down to my top 5 favorite quotes...but trust me when I say this book is full of emotional lines and touching moments.

I'm going to stay vague on purpose. Partly because the Goodreads summary is vague and partly because this is one of those stories that just has to be experienced by the reader versus by spoilers.

What you need to know:
Rune and Poppy first meet, when at the age of 5, Rune's family moves next door to Poppy's family. Rune is angry, doesn't want to speak English and doesn't want to be living there in America. While pouting, he sees a little girl climb out of her window and head straight over to him. Wearing a dress but covered in mud he finds her intriguing. Right then and there upon their first meeting, they agree to be best friends and to go on adventure's together. Over the next 10 years they are inseparable. Their bond is stronger than most adults who vow to love one another forever. They have an intense and all consuming relationship. Something that is so rare, and even rarer among children and teenagers. When they are 15, Rune's family is sent back to Norway for his Dad's job and shortly after, he loses all communication with Poppy with no explanation. Letters stop. Phone calls go unanswered. Rune is crushed and his heart is destroyed. When he returns two years later, at age 17, they have both matured, both in their bodies, but also their character. Rune is more angry than ever before. His bitterness and hatred boils under the surface at all times. He's turned to drinking and cigarettes to take the edge off of the feelings he used to have for Poppy and he's closed himself off from his family. From this point on in the story, have your tissues within easy reach! This is a love story that rivals that of great loves like Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Edward and Bella. Whoever your favorite love story's belong to...this one needs to be added to your list! Poppy and Rune forever always.

At the very end is a note from the author with a playlist that helped her write the story. Give it a listen afterwards. It's pretty perfect!

In one word, this story was beautiful! I'm new to Tillie Cole but I will definitely be reading more from her. Fans of YA romance and emotional stories, this is one 5 star book you need in your life! Though this was loaned to me, I'm purchasing it for myself. This will be a reread for me for sure!

Top 5 (okay I cheated, and added an extra) Favorite Quotes:
"When you find the boy that will be your forever always, every time you get an extra-special kiss from him, take out a heart. Write down where you were when you were kissed. ... You'll have a treasure-jar of all the precious kisses that made your heart soar."

"I'll give you a thousand kisses, Poppymin. All of them. No one will kiss you ever, but me."

"It's okay to smile. It's okay to feel happy. Or what's the point in life?"

"Why don't we look at the person we love the most like it's the last time we will ever see them? Because if we did, life would be so vibrant. Life would be so truly and completely lived."

"When I look at you, when you touch me, when I see your face...when we kiss, my heart plays a song. It sings that it needs you like I need air. It sings to me that I adore you. It sings that I've found its perfect missing part."

Live hard, love harder. Chase dreams, seek adventures...capture moments. Live beautifully.

Language: 1 - 2 
Mature Content: 1 - 2
Final Rating: 5 stars!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday Post #205

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Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

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~FOR REVIEW~
Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
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RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

THURSDAY:
ARC Thursday Review - Full Tilt #1 by Emma Scott (4.5 stars)

A normal, routine week. Finished one book and am plugging through another, though I made good progress over the weekend. Celebrated my mother-n-law's birthday Friday night with all the family. Saturday I had a girls afternoon with my daughter and her bestie. I took them to get their nails painted by their request (and their money - haha), out to do a little shopping, to eat a late lunch and then to see the movie The Space Between Us. Was that a book first? It was cute, but a bit slow in parts. I would rate the movie 3 stars (out of 5). It was sweet in moments and funny in others. A decently clean movie for 13 year old girls. We had an enjoyable time together.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

*ARC* Full Tilt - Review

Full Tilt #1

By: Emma Scott

Published: June 28, 2016 by Trillian

292 pages

Source: ebook, Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
"I would love you forever, if I only had the chance..." 

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge--impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch... 

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he's vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch. 

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it. 


Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing. 

***FIRST BOOK IN A TWO PART DUET*** 
MY REVIEW:
I knew going in to this story, that it wasn't going to fall into my "happily-ever-after box". I knew that it was going to be emotional and sad. It definitely was that. But there was so much love and joy to come out of this story as well. It was a great, touching, love story!

It's also fair to say that I think I know where the second part of the story is headed. Some call that predictable, which sometimes has a negative connotation with it. For me though, I thought it would be a perfect second part to the story - if it follows whats in my head. (you'll have to stay tuned to my review for book two to see if I was right or not)

This was another gem that I saw others posting about in the CoHorts FB group (the first was Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas). If you are a Colleen Hoover fan, and you aren't in that group, you are missing out! This is the second book recommendation that was widely talked about in the group that I decided to check out. Turned out Netgalley had both books in this duology available to request for review. It was definitely another win!

This story wasn't just about a physical attraction between two people...though there's definitely a lot of that. It really touches the heart strings. The main characters Jonah Fletcher and Kacey Dawson are both lost in a sense. Jonah is facing a very real time clock to what's left of his life and wants to leave behind a legacy. So he has a strict schedule to create a masterpiece of glass art. He's working two jobs basically and everything in his life is scheduled right down to the minute - nothing out of the ordinary, nothing spontaneous. Take meds, work, take more meds, work more. He doesn't sleep much. He's going through the motions of every day to work and to finish his art piece. For the last 15 months he hasn't allowed himself to be in a relationship with anyone. He's cut himself off from everyone but his closest inner circle: his parents, his younger brother Theo, two best friends Oscar and Dena, and his helper with his art piece Tania. He's existing....but not living.

Kacey is a guitar player in an all girl band that is finally hitting it big. Her life is seriously messed up and to "cope", or really just mask her feelings, she is never sober and is always with a different guy. Drunk every night, she's wasting away. Music is definitely her talent. She loves to sing and write songs...but this life of partying and touring was never what she envisioned for herself. Everything changes one drunken night in Vegas, after playing a show as part of their tour, when her limo driver is tasked with getting her home safely. The limo driver...is Jonah. This is truly where their story begins. First as a friendship they both desperately need. Then, as love grows, the incredible heat of the story.

It's not often I'm reading a story where I have the thought that pictures would've been so cool - pictures of Jonah's glass art. I'm confident what's in my head does no justice to the amazing art that is created in glass blowing. NA romance fans will definitely enjoy this story of love, of beauty found in even the saddest of places.

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
"Thanks for being a good guy, Jonah. There's a shortage in the world."

"...you can find beauty everywhere, even in the things that scare you the most."

"I'm more afraid of not being with you than I am of being with you."

"We might not have months of years, but we have moments. Thousands upon thousands of them. Let's take each moment, seize it and wring it dry."

Whenever the urge to kiss him came over me, I would kiss him. No more living life halfway. We had to go full tilt, just like the card players did. I would hit instead of stay. Always.

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 2-3 (medium-high)
Final Rating: 4.5 stars

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